So you will see a few blog posts over the comming week as I am quite a way behind. Possibly even more so once Creative Chemistry starts next week.
However I am endevouring to catch up.
‘Freddy’ as I have been told he has been named has arrived safe and sound to his new family in the USA.
So here is Freddy complete with a bow tie cause well let’s face it “bow ties are cool”
And also a shot of him with the card I made to go with him
Just a very simple short blog to share him with you all as I am so pleased with how he turned out.
Also meet a 3” flower fairy I created using recycled curtain fabric (misted with the leftover stormy sky from the ballerina bears accessories), some misted rose petals (misted with smooch spritz wine berry along with the flowers on her head) that I hand glittered to match her wings which I got at spotlight, complete with handmade miniature rose circlet and a wee butterfly sitting on a flower on her hand
As yet to be named this new little (and I do mean little at just 3” tall) Ballerina Bear turned out so well that I had to put all other things I have to share with you aside and share her.
She is truly one of the bears that show how much my scrapbooking supplies get used in my bear making.
Inspiration strikes sometimes in the strangest ways. Yesterday I was sorting and putting away my paper scraps (I have a folder where they all go sorted by colour so I can easily find what I may be looking for) when I came across a piece of tulle that I had hand dyed for the 12 tags of Christmas with Distress Re-inker Stormy Sky. I have always wanted to try making a no sew tutu and so in the midst of sorting out the paper scraps I chopped up the tulle, got a piece of cord and made a small tutu. I finished sorting the paper scraps but could not shake the idea that I needed to make a bearbie to go with the Tutu.
So I cut out a wee bear (the same pattern I used for the Tim bear on my last tag), prepped sewed, stuffed and jointed indeed this wee one would not let me sleep until she was fully stuffed with all her seams ladder stitched shut.
This afternoon it was more hand dying, of satin, flowers, and ribbon. So that she matched.
I looked at a prima say it in pearls I have with blue pearls and after I had made her leotard (of sorts) I tried a little of the pearls on her top. It really gives her somewhat of an Haute Couture look. Also used a couple of them for her earrings. Amazing what a little imagination can do.
So here she is ready to be adopted and go to a new home.
and lastly she takes a bow
So this has been a creative couple of weeks. Yet sadly I cannot share with you some of the things I have been creating. They are for a commission and I am unable to share them until they arrive at their destination.
I am awash with creative ideas; however my creative space is a bomb site. Worse since containers fell over out of nowhere (all sorted again now). The Commission bear turned out better than I had hoped. Especially after the whole safety eye debacle (took me 3 tries and a lot of needle sculpting to get the eyes almost even)
Also created were some inchies for an Artistic Document Swap, I had E and V and the theme was storybook, a bit worried mine will be to plain a my printer is being painful and I know that loads of people printed out little micro images and such.
In the meantime Doodling with Jim Henson is sitting there waiting for me to actually start doodling with Jim (I have read the book it is amazing and I can’t wait to play). Also arriving last week a book called how to draw anything. I have had a look at it; read some am not convinced it is for me. Not sure I am the copy everything type of person but then again perhaps I will be in the mood for it at a different point and also my how to draw fairies and mermaids arrived. So now onto my wish list goes some different sized fine tip black markers (like the Pitt set), water colours, some books to use to practice in, and some new lead pencils. I swear that list always gets longer rather than shorter. Then again there are so many new things to try and techniques to play with.
This year is filled with creative potential. It is the 10th anniversary of me as a bear artist. So along with the unique one of a kind creations each bear made this year bears a very special place as a 10th anniversary bear. Amongst my bear plans are a Mama Umbridge (for those of you who have no idea who that is Might I suggest watching A Very Potter Sequel by Team Starkid), a set of popcorn bears complete with popcorn container, a Marilyn Monbear (from diamonds are a girl’s best friend) and perhaps I will even get my teddy bears picnic scene done, or even my tangled in the Christmas lights on a ladder bear, there is a list of ideas I have floating around here somewhere and quite a few various props floating around. I also have ideas for a 2012 runway collection.
To date I have made over 200 bears. I am looking forward to the challenges some of my new bear ideas will bring.
This is the first non commission bear of this year. Yet to be named (if you have any ideas feel free to comment). The Recycled Curtain fabric has been hand doodled and then hand coloured in using sharpie markers. It did bleed a touch in places but I think it adds to the arty look of the bear.
And of course from the front
As you can see each time you look there is something new to discover. That is the beauty of the hand doodled fabric there is so much to see and delight in.
Not only this but I am determined to aide my inner artist to flourish. In any ways I can be it scrapping, drawing, mixed media, or other things.
Also received some wonderful washi tape this week(my first and I love it). Had a play with it by making a card for a friend. Also I revamped a friendship book I had made a batch of a couple of Christmases ago from some Martha Stewart wedding programs I got cheap and immediately thought oooh these would make awesome little books or mini albums ($5 for 20 of them on clearance no brainer). So here is the card and the revamped cover. I used the same washi tape so that they would go together. The beauty of the Wedding programs is that not only were they cheap but also as long as you do not use bulky embellishments they fit easily into a card to post. So make a wonderful and thoughtful gift without adding the added expense of extra postage especially when it comes to posting overseas.
So here is the Card very ‘Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head’
and here is the Card and Friendship book together.
I cannot wait to share the commission bear and the card I made for the new parents. It will however be a few weeks before I can do so.
In the meantime create up a storm
For me I will be cleaning up my craft and other spaces as I have new storage here that is yet to be put together as it needs spaces to go into. Can’t wait though as now I should well and truly have a spot for all my craft needs including my bear supplies. This should also help me reduce the amount of stuff that is lacking homes. After all I will have 32 cubes of storage that can all go together to form a wall of craft supplies. The more I sort things the more in some places I realise I need more containers and other such storage bits and pieces to maximise what I can fit in them. Although I am not sure they will all be filled as yet. It is great to be able to look and see where things are as well as it means I am also using more of the stuff I do have as I know where it is.
Well that’s me updated for now. Hope to have more to share with you soon.
May your inspiration flow
Here is Tim’s final tag link for 2011
Meet Tim, thus named because his creation was inspired by Tim Holtz’s last tag
This Little Bearbie has the honour of being my smallest bear to date standing at just over 3″ or 8cm tall. His fabric is recycled curtain fabric offcuts and hand stamped and from one of my own unique bear patterns. But more about that later.
Here is the tag I created inspired by Mr Holtz’s
I think in some ways I have put off writing this blog post as it is so hard to say goodbye to such an inspiring event.
What it has given me not just in terms of new techniques or inspiration but also in pushing my boundaries and helping me to grow as a crafter is immeasurable.
After a year fraught with broken appliances, a broken leg and other such disasters it has been a joy to allow my creative side a chance to fly freely culminating in my one and only bear this year. This little bear is my smallest to date standing at just a scotch over 3”
Bear: Mini bear or Mini Bear Pattern.
Recycled Curtain Fabric off cut
Staz on Jet Black Ink (I have tried this with other inks and they smudge or fade to much on fabric)
Kaiser Sheet Music Texture clear stamp
4mm Lock nut joint set
3mm glass eyes or in this case as I am out I used some Pearls off a Prima Say it in Pearls flourish (necessity is the mother of invention so they say)
Stuffing (I use pollyflock)
Black Nose thread (either use DMC or some thick ish cotton)
Cotton or fishing line to sew (I use clear fishing line as it is cheaper than the clear sewing thread however it can take a little practice to get used to)
TAG: Manilla Tag (handmade from a manila folder)
Craft Wire Loop
Kaiser Sheet Music Stamp
Pearl Mist (home Made)
Die Namics 5 pointed flower Die
Burgundy Mist (homemade)
Kaiser Black and White Craft Paper
Homemade glimmer glaze (mine used triple thick, water, a drop of pine needles re-inker all mixed together)
Kaiser die cut elements
Tim Holtz clear stamps from both: Urban Grunge and Regal Flourish
Lucky Squirrel Polyshrink in clear
Utee & melting pot in my case a paraffin wax pot I got off eBay pre the Melting Pot being available for overseas use.
Snow Cap Dabber
Moonlight Snow Glitter
Black Soot Distress Ink
Staz on Jet Black Ink
Multi Medium in Mat
Die Namics 5 pointed flower petals cut out of stamped tissue paper (around 6 petals needed)
Let’s start with the Bear.
If you have purchased your own little bear skip this part and move straight onto the tag.
If not you will need to stamp your fabric before cutting out your bear and following the pattern instructions. I tried to line up my pattern pieces so the Music pattern matched up where possible to allow for continuity and a more even looking bear.
Tip: When sewing mini bears I find it easier to leave the opening at the top of the arms and legs rather than the sides. This makes it easier to joint them and ladder stitch them closed.
To attach the jingle bell thread it through your ribbon and glue it at the back of the bears neck or alternately tie a knot. Keep an extra length of matching ribbon so you can attach the bear to your tag but keep it so he is removable as well.
I will create a pattern and do a bear making tutorial soon including step by step pictures and a downloadable free pattern at a later date.
Background. Please follow Tim Holtz’s instructions for stamping the background and such. As I did not have his Tissue Paper I Hand stamped some of my own with Staz on and the Kaiser Music stamp and Proceeded as Normal
Wings: See this Link and Watch the Video on how to do this. I used the Regal Flourish wings with some gold Mixative rubbed over the back of them
- I added some snow cap dabber over the music notes and tissue paper to give it a lighter image
- I used a little homemade glimmer glaze mixed with some moonlight snow glitter and painted over the whole tag
- Cut out your side tag and paint with homemade glimmer glaze in green. Put aside to dry
- Use your Die Cut elements from Kaiser, ink with a little black soot and rub in. I cut the scalloped strip into pieces to better fit the tag then stuck them together ready to place on the tag
- With some extra stamped tissue paper cut into small strips and glue around your wire circle. To do this fold the pieces in half stamping side out and place the wire in the middle of this then with a small amount of glue glue the strips down. Keep going until a bit over half your circle is done. Then do the in-between spots. Cut the bottoms of the tissue paper into points and decide where it will be best with placement of the bear and such. Glue it into tag
- Adhere your Green tag onto the side you want it making sure it is glued over the wire circlet.
- Play with your bear and wing positioning and when you are happy with it. Glue the wings in Place
- Now just below the center of the wings place a small hole in your tag.
- Put the matching ribbon around your bear’s neck and poke it through the hole in your tag and push it through. Either tie it a bow or tape it to the back of the tag
- Make your flower by piercing a small hole for your brad and putting it through your petals. I do this putting each layer in-between the petals of the last one. Scrunch one layer at a time starting with the top one into the centre of the flower. Do this as tight as you can. Set the flower on your craft mat and Spritz with burgundy mist (mine is home made with a little red food colouring, 3 drops of black soot re-inker and a little pearl ex powder for shimmer). Heat with your heat gun allowing some of the petals to singe for an extra grungy aged element and place on your tag. (Note I also did this with the Halo of tissue Paper as well to give it a little contrast)
That is it for 12 tags of Christmas for 2012 hope you have enjoyed my creations. Stay tuned for tips, tutorials and creativity.